Two Oak Lawn detectives were patrolling in the Walgreen’s parking lot at 95th and Cicero on January 18th at about 6:15 p.m. when they noticed a car pull into the parking lot and then back into a parking spot.
The passenger of the car, Michael Robinson, allegedly walked out of the car and was pacing in front of the store while talking on his cell phone. He then allegedly walked into the Walgreen’s store briefly and walked out without buying anything in the store.
While Robinson was standing outside with his phone to his ear, another vehicle, driven by Eiyad Salah, entered the lot and the detectives allege that Robinson pointed to the car and directed it to an area to park. According to the police, Robinson entered that car through the rear passenger door. The police allege that Robinson moved to the front seat when the passenger left the vehicle and entered the store.
Robinson was in the car for a minute or so before returning to his original vehicle, which then left the parking lot. Police officers stopped that car on 95th Street and detectives approached the second car.
The detectives removed Saleh from his vehicle after allegedly seeing a hammer within his reach. As Saleh was being removed from the car, the detectives learned that Robinson had told the other officers that he had just purchased pills from Saleh.
When the detectives confronted Saleh about the sale of the prescription pills to Robinson, Saleh denied it allegedly stating, “I didn’t sell anything to him, man I’ve worked with Chicago Police before. I can’t go back to prison and I’m on parole. It’s hard making money out here.”
When the detectives asked Saleh what he was doing in the parking lot, he allegedly told them that he didn’t want to say anything to incriminate himself.
The police claimed that they found a large amount of US currency in various denominations in Saleh’s pockets. The total amount according to the police was $2,100.09. Detectives also claimed that they recovered 100 yellow oval pills that they believe are a controlled substance.
Saleh’s passenger was not involved and a search of her purse showed that she did not possess any illegal substance. Saleh told the police officers that the hundreds of small baggies found in his car were for his “coin collection” and according to police he started laughing as he made the comment.
Saleh was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, and delivery of a controlled substance.
Saleh, a 38 year old white male with a Palos Hills address, was on parole for a conviction involving the delivery of cannabis. He was sentenced to three years in prison and began his stay at the East Moline Correctional Center on February 16, 2016. He was paroled on June 30, 2017 according to the records with the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Those same public records indicate that Saleh was previously sentenced to 2 years in prison for a weapons charge in 2005 an successfully completed that sentence. He is subject to being charged with a parole violation based on the Oak Lawn arrest and could face forfeiture of the money and the vehicle.
According to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, Saleh is being held on $500,000 bond at the Cook County Jail and has a court date of February 5, 2018.